WHY YOU SHOULD BOOK YOUR TRIP TO PARIS TODAY

The oh-so-famous Eiffel Tower

The oh-so-famous Eiffel Tower

It's a favorite city of mine...along with the rest of the world. Paris currently ranks as the #3 most visited city by tourists (#1 is London, followed by Bangkok), and for very good reason. Yes, it is romantic, the architecture is incredible, and they have this way with butter that will make you forget that it directly impacts your cholesterol (and not in the good way).

Photo credit to Flytographer

Photo credit to Flytographer

Paris is also a city that you can visit 100 times and have completely different experiences. You can experience the nightlife in Bastille, the food on Rue Montorgueil, a boat ride on the Seine, the cabarets of Montmartre, the shopping on the Champs Elysee, or spend the day people watching on the sidewalk cafes of St. Germaine. Every nook and cranny of Paris oozes personality and character waiting to get to know it's guests.

So why should you book your flight today? Really. We're serious. Not tomorrow. Not next month. Literally....today.

The Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe

Flights are incredibly cheap right now. If you set an alert on AirFareWatchDog (my favorite site for cheap flights), you will start to see round trip tickets to Paris for under $1000. Last week, I got a notification that an Orlando to Paris round trip ticket would run me $457.

Let's take a minute to process that.

Pastries at one of the many tempting shops

Pastries at one of the many tempting shops

A flight that normally would run you upwards of $1300 was advertised on a well-known, well-established, and reputable airline for under $500. They don't charge for picking a seat and your first bag is checked for free (unlike some discount lines)...so this flight was ACTUALLY under $500.

I thought that this might be a fluke, until I saw an advertisement on TravelZoo (a discount company with an insane "Top 20" list each week) for a 4 night trip to Paris for under $700, which included round trip tickets from various destinations. Surely the hotels were awful, right? No....they were all 4 stars, with the opportunity to upgrade for an additional cost.

So why is Paris so affordable right now? Cities are taking advantage of discount sites and maximizing on the off season. Months like March and October happen to surround high season, but don't have the crowds that the summer brings. By cutting prices, hotels can become competitive, more well-known, and receive more reviews on sites like

People ask me all the time what my favorite city is and I typically respond with, "Paris...it's always Paris." I hate that it feels cliche, but, dangit, that city earns that title! So if you're looking for a place to experience Europe, or even to use as a base while exploring France and the surrounding areas, just do it. Book it. Don't think about it...just go!